One of Australia’s most iconic locations, the Great Ocean Road is a 250kms stretch along the south eastern coast of Australia. The entire journey is Australian National Heritage listed and encompasses majestic scenery, iconic landmarks and historic sites. In many places the road hugs the coastline, offering spectacular views of Australian waters and beaches, as well as incredible scenery from the 12 Apostles to Loch Ard Gorge.
2 - 4 days
Melbourne to The Grampians
Best Time of the Year
All year round
- Bells Beach
- Cape Otway
- 12 Apostles
- Loch Ard Gorge
- Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
- The Grampians
Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Distance 186km - Driving Time 2hrs 40min
After exploring Bells Beach, continue to Apollo Bay and stop off for a walk to s Falls. Another must see stop along the way, the Marengo Marine Sanctuary is home to a fur-seal colony and you are able to take kayaks out to visit the animals as they play in the waters.
Apollo Bay to Princetown
Distance 78km - Driving Time 2hrs 40min
Make an early start to get to the Cape Otway Lighthouse in time to watch the magnificent sunrise - the light has been in operation since 1848 and is the oldest working light station in the country.
After a hearty breakfast, you can spend the day exploring the 12 Apostles and beaches along the way. Don't forget to add a visit to Loch Ard Gorge to your itinerary as well. This stunning formation is characterised by the staggering cliff faces and narrow entrance out to the ocean. Although this area is stunning at any time of day, a walk at sunset or sunrise is the best time for photo opportunities – time to get on Instagram! Don’t forget to tag us - @britzcampervans
If you have a bit of extra time up your sleeve, we suggest visiting the Tower Hill (Worn Gundidj) Wildlife Reserve, located one hour west of the Twelve Apostles and just ten minutes from Warrnambool. The Reserve sits inside the crater of a dormant volcano and has loads of wildlife to encounter, coupled with guided tours to learn about Aboriginal culture and history- providing a truly unique eco-tourism experience on the Great Ocean Road. As a Britz customer you'll receive 25% off guided tours here.
Princetown to Halls Gap
Distance 227km - Driving Time 3.5hrs
Set up camp at Halls Gap Caravan Park before taking a stroll through Australia’s beautiful bush-land in the Grampians National Park. Head towards Reed Lookout and enjoy exceptional views of the Victoria Range and valley, as well as the Mount Difficult range. Don’t forget your camera for this beauty spot!
Side Trip Exploring the Grampians
With so much to do in the Grampians, it’s worth spending another couple of days exploring its beauty if you have the time. In particular, the Brambuk National Park & Cultural Centre is a must for anyone wanting to learn about Australia's rich indigenous culture. Britz customers receive 25% off tours here, so make sure you let the staff know when booking your cultural experience.
The Grampians to Melbourne
Distance 253km - Driving Time 3hrs
On the way back to Melbourne, Ballarat is a great place to stop and explore, a Victorian era boomtown steeped in Australia's European gold-rush history with plenty to see and do. Enjoy the other significant cultural and heritage legacies such as the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Australian Democracy. Upon arriving back in Melbourne, enjoy the cultural capital of Australia – soak up the atmosphere at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area and don’t forget to put a few hours in having some retail therapy!